The Windsor knot will no longer be a problem.
As it requires some (nylon) thread and a needle, will it be entitled to enter the Summer Sewing Contest?
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Step 1: Needed Stuff
- Moderate woodworking skills
- A piece of soft wood (e.g. pine) of size suiting your design (see next step) plus much margin. Choose a wood grain that you like.
- Nylon string, "quite robust" (0.5 mm)
- Some pieces of flat scrap plastic (e.g. the cap of a PVC box) that is easy to cut and drill
- Elastic string
- Saw and miter box; a jigsaw is also helpful
- Wood files
- Sand paper (coarse to fine) and sand block
- 1.5 mm drill bit; drill (at best, a drill press)
- A sewing needle
- Linseed oil
- Wood stain
Step 2: Make Your Design
Use it to make a sketch. Divide into 4 to 5 cm long pieces.
Wear the sketch to check the length.
Step 3: Cut the Wood
Shape it for round side edges, using files and sand paper.
Depending on your liking and woodcarving skills, you can make a more or less realistic knot.
Keep an extra piece for drilling training and stain trials.
Step 4: Drill the Pieces
All pieces are drilled through, except:
- the last one is drilled approx 3 cm deep
- for the knot, see next step.
Since it can be difficult to find drill bits of 1.5 mm diameter that are more than 5 cm long, I used a hard steel rod of 1.5 mm diameter and approx 8 cm length, that I sharpened and used as a drill bit to complete the drilling of the holes.
Start by drilling the narrowest piece (next one after the knot).
Now we're using the needle:
After piece number N has been drilled, we align it with the next piece (N+1), slide the needle through the holes of N, in order to precisely mark the position of the holes in N+1.
Step 5: Make the Knot
The two small wooden bars are drilled and carved as shown, then loosely attached to the knot with small screws (pre-drill the bars!). Sand the screw, so that it won't damage your shirt.
Make two little plastic pieces with two holes, and one with three holes.
Step 6: Stain and Oil
Apply linseed oil, remove the excess oil with a cloth, let dry completely.
Step 7: Assemble the Pieces
"Sew" the pieces together: have the nylon strings cross them all. The wood pieces must move freely on the nylon strings (it is the elastic string that will keep them together).
Step 8: Assemble the Knot
- Have the nylon string cross the end bar, then cross the plastic piece.
- With matches or a lighter, melt the nylon to form a ball.
- Have the elastic string cross the other hole, and block it with a knot.
- Do the same, and in addition, use the plastic piece with 3 holes, to allow length adjustment of the elastic string.
Optionally, make a sleeve.
Step 9: Wear It (And Shine!)
Step 10: Now, Make a Bowtie
They say a picture is worth a thousand words; here are 5 pictures of the making. Hint: I used a piece of fabric band and epoxy to bind the wood pieces together.